Bows adorn diminutive yorkshire terriers as they await their owners, and the curious dark eyes of golden retrievers wander with happy curiosity across The Pet Pawlor. There, groomers trim, shape, and fluff fur of all types. Equipped with toothbrushes, oatmeal baths, and nail files, they can leave pups as clean and sweet-smelling as the family in the last scene of a detergent commercial. A combined two decades of experience helps the crew maintain a stress-free environment for the animals.
Furry Friends Inc helps keep pets healthy and clean with nutritious pet foods, stimulating toys and accessories, and onsite washing facilities. Nutrition experts consult with pet owners to determine the optimal diet for their pets, and they can recommend a variety of nutrient-rich blends made with free-range lamb and vitamin E and devoid of chemical preservatives. In addition to carrying popular holistic pet-food brands, Furry Friends also sells its own brand of healthy pet food, made in the US without any byproducts or common allergens such as wheat, corn, and soy. Owners may also wash dogs or water their Chia Puppy at the self-wash facility or pamper pets with a blueberry facial or fur butter conditioner.
When Happy Hounds Pet Grooming owner Barb Berntsen isn’t volunteering as a groomer at the National Mill Dog Rescue or tending to her own pets—five dogs and one rescue cat—she’s pampering her clients’ pooches. For more than 15 years, she’s conditioned and groomed fur, cleansed anal glands and ears, and helped canines combat shedding with FurMinator Shed-Less procedures. Soothing oatmeal baths inspire tail wagging and applications of dip shield dogs against fleas and ticks more effectively than a sweater made out of mosquito net.
When the owners of Smudge Car & Dog Wash set out to create their self-serve dog-wash hubs, they decided to build each cleaning station out of an actual truck bed. This visually combined the shop's two goals: cleaning cars and cleaning dogs, which were the most popular mode of transportation before the 20th century. While dogs freshen up, car owners can take their automobiles through an automated wash tunnel, which recycles 80% of its water. Furry visitors can also play inside two fenced-in dog parks.
Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters, and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting and pet taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.